July 2020 Month-in-Review Newsletter


Table of Contents


  1. THREATENED: After Owners Reject Foundation’s Community Performance Arts Center Offer, Residential Tower Proposed for Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Lincoln Park (Chicago 7 2019)
  2. WIN: Chicago Cultural Center’s Grand Army of the Republic Hall To Be Beautifully Restored to Original Appearance by Revealing Existing Tiffany Colors Behind 1970s White Paint
  3. WIN: Perkins-Nordine House Purchased by Preservation-Oriented Buyer for Restoration as Single Family Home!
  4. WIN: The Breathtaking Beauty of the Restored Chicago Union Station (Chicago 7 2018)
  5. WIN: Preservation-Sensitive Jefferson Park Fire Station Adaptive Moves Forward
  6. THREATENED: Demolition Permit Released for Jeffery Theater and Spencer Arms Hotel
  7. WIN: After Years of Decay, Muddy Waters’ House Wins Restoration Grant Funds
  8. WIN: 30 Vacant Homes In North Pullman to be Rehabbed Into Affordable Housing
  9. WIN: $10 Million Awarded to Transform Vacant Auburn Gresham 1920s Terra Cotta Building into Healthy Neighborhood Hub
  10. THREATENED: Two Redevelopment Proposals
  11. Have Fallen Through for St. Paul’s Church in Wicker Park
  12. WIN: Former Logan Square Synagogue Adaptively Reused as Residential Apartments
  13. WIN: City Council Approves $1.5M to Little Village Chamber to Redevelopment of 3523 W. 26th Street into Coworking Space
  14. BUYER WANTED: Argus Brewery in Roseland Landmark for Sale
  15. BUYER WANTED: 4607 N. Magnolia Avenue Needs a Preservation-Oriented Buyer
  16. THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay
  17. LOSS: Spotlight on Demolition


  • WATCH: Chicago Tonight on WTTW: Restorations and Revelations at a Far South Side Tavern Headed For City Landmark Status
  • LISTEN: Curious City on WBEZ: From Cemetery Saloons To Movie Palaces; How Uptown Became An Entertainment Hub
  • LISTEN: TED Radio Hour on WBEZ: How Can Seeing Black History As American History Begin To Make Amends? With Brent Leggs of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
  • PRINT: Chicago Magazine: What’s Next for Northerly Island? Chicago planned to turn the 91-acre peninsula into an oasis on Lake Michigan. A decade later, it’s a noble failure.
  • WATCH: Ask Geoffrey on WTTW Chicago: Chicago’s Vanishing Water Tanks. They’re rare now, but rooftop water tanks once stood sentinel atop every large building in the city
  • PRINT: Metropolitan Planning Council: It’s time to get serious about preserving Chicago’s two- to four-unit apartment buildings
  • PRINT: Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Chicago fails to live up to its motto — City in a Garden — with every tree lost.


  • Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929–75: A new book by Susan Benjamin and Michelangelo Sabatino
  • Chicago Policy King Historic Residence in West Woodlawn Virtual Tour with Clinee Hedspeth


  • Help Restore Louis Sullivan’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • Support Glessner House & Receive William Morris Face Mask
  • Support “Saving the Sacred” Film
  • Minnekirken GoFundMe Campaign
  • Raise the Roof! Fund The Forum! Campaign


  • Chicago 7 Posters and Swag Now on Sale
  • Support Preservation Chicago


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